Giving the Basics Inc.

Providing Personal Care Products for Human Dignity

Kansas City, KS   |  www.givingthebasics.org

Mission

Giving the Basics provides the necessities of life not covered by government assistance programs that most people take for granted such as laundry soap, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper and other personal care hygiene products.  As Kansas City's hygiene hub Giving the Basics assures that adults and children in the metro have access to what they need to be clean, and live with health, hope and dignity.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are grateful to our board members, donors, volunteers and our amazing staff for teaming together to serve those less fortunate and in critical need of hygiene products. Thank you to everyone who has found it in their heart to get involved to help.

Ruling year info

2019

President & CEO

Mrs Teresa Hamilton

Main address

927 S. 7th Street

Kansas City, KS 66105 USA

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EIN

45-3069975

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People experiencing food insecurity generally struggle to afford personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant and laundry soap. These essential items are not covered by government assistance and are often in short supply at local food pantries. School children experiencing poverty or homelessness attend school in unclean clothes, and lack basic products to be clean. This leads to bullying and low attendance. Girls without feminine hygiene items miss school or do not participate in sports. Lack of access to dental hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrush and floss contributes to a number of health issues. Home -bound seniors often have to choose between purchasing incontinence items and medications. They are stuck in their homes and in shame due to lack of incontinence products and inability to get to a pantry. Adults need access to soap, shampoo and laundry supplies to be clean and seek employment. Poor hygiene is a contributor to poverty as well as an effect.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pantry Product Distribution

Giving the Basics is here to put human dignity products on the shelves of Kansas City area food pantries and shelters serving homeless, veterans and senior centers, battered women's locations, and transitional housing programs.  We currently provide our free hygiene products to 135 local pantry/shelter locations, distributing throughout the Kansas City metro area.  We provide:  Cleaning products, brushes, combs, bandages, lip balm, shampoo/conditioner, cotton balls/swabs, deodorant, diapers, dish soap, incontinence products, dental hygiene items, feminine hygiene items, lotion, shaving items, toilet paper, body wipes, hand sanitizer, soap and body wash.  We supply both full size and travel size.  For organizations such as homeless centers, single use size is available for certain items.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

We offer free personal care hygiene products to schools and school districts in the Kansas City metro and surrounding area on a monthly basis.  Currently, 365 schools are included in our distribution network.  The school or district places an order for needed hygiene items on a monthly basis.  Each school stocks a closet or cabinet in the Nurse's office with Giving the Basics supplied items.  A teacher, social worker, nurse or coach identifies a student in need and sends them to the Nurse's office.  The student is then allowed to choose the items they need, free of charge.  The process is discreet and promotes cleanliness and dignity. Some items like laundry soap benefit the entire family. Items provided include: lip balm, shampoo/conditioner, feminine hygiene, dental hygiene, soap/body wash, bandages, hand sanitizer, shaving items, laundry soap and lotion.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Giving the Basics partners with 6 area police departments totaling 14 divisions as distribution partners.  The Kansas City, KS Police Department, KCMO Police Department, Shawnee Police Department, Prairie Village Police Department and Johnson County Sheriff's Department carry and distribute hygiene items provided by Giving the Basic.  This program has helped reach individuals in need and has bolstered community relations with the police departments. We also partner with the Police Athletic League (PAL) Programs in Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Senior Program provides incontinence products to low income seniors free of charge.  In 2018, Giving the Basics began home delivery of these items to home bound seniors through strategic partnerships with organizations delivering meals.  Home delivery began with Kansas City, MO and in 2019, expanded to cover Kansas City, KS home bound seniors as well. In 2021, over 40,000 incontinence items were distributed.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of distribution outlets for products

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Pantry Product Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We currently have over 500 distribution outlets for our products to get into the hands of the people.

Number of children and adults able to access personal hygiene products from product distribution by agency.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

School Nurse's Closet Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our School Program, 166,000 students have access to basic hygiene products free of charge as our program reaches 365 schools monthly.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Giving the Basics was formed in 2011 on the premise that no one should go without the basic items needed to be clean.  Basic hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste are essential for Human Dignity, self-worth and general good health.  Unfortunately, these items are not covered by government assistance.  Food pantries are not able to stock hygiene items in quantities to fill the need.  Children are going to school smelly, women and girls often skip school or work because they cannot afford feminine hygiene items.  How can anyone apply for a job without the ability to wash their hair, apply deodorant and put on clean clothes?  How can anyone stay healthy if they do not have a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap?  What do you do if you cannot afford toilet paper for your family?  Giving the Basics has taken on the challenge of getting needed hygiene items in the hands of low income families, seniors, students, veterans, people experiencing homelessness and domestic abuse, and others in need in the greater Kansas City metro and now Wichita.  Our goal is improved health, hope and dignity through the provision of hygiene items.  Outcomes for students include increase attendance in school, improved participation in class, decreased bullying and social isolation.  Outcomes for families include better health.  Outcomes for adults include better opportunities for employment and well being.  Outcomes for girls and women include reducing period poverty, increase attendance at school or work, and participation in sports.  Outcomes for home-bound seniors include increase social activity and health. Giving the Basics seeks to help provide a conduit for the police and the community for improved relationships through the distribution of hygiene products to a population our organization is unable to reach directly.     Giving the Basics measures success based on testimonials from partner organizations and individuals receiving product.  We track the need and the quantities of hygiene items provided to each partner organization.

Giving the Basics strategy for promoting hope, health and dignity through the provision of personal hygiene items is to be a hygiene hub.  Products are provided to those in need through a network of distribution partners under four programs: Pantry/Shelter program - Giving the Basics started with distribution of FREE hygiene items through local food pantries and shelters.  Veterans programs, homeless and battered women shelters, transitional housing, low income and mental health care clinics, prison reentry and refugee programs, and family resource service organizations are all covered in this program. In 2014, Giving the Basics began distributing product to the Center School District.  The School Nurse Closet program now provides hygiene items metro wide.  Schools keep a closet in the Nurse's office stocked with hygiene items where students can come get what they need to be clean and ready to learn.  Laundry soap is provided either to be taken home for the family or used by school staff to wash students' clothes on site.  The Police in Kansas City, KS, KCMO, Shawnee, Prairie Village and Johnson County Sheriff's Departments carry Giving the Basics provided items with them helping build community relationships and addressing the needs of those they serve. The Senior Program was born out of calls from home-bound seniors requesting incontinence items.  No senior should be stuck in their home in filth and shame.  Giving the Basics is partnering with organizations that provide home delivery of meals to provide much needed incontinence items. Giving the Basics receives requests for hygiene items from all over the United States.  In 2018, the Board approved a pilot program for expansion beyond Kansas City.  Wichita, KS was chosen as the pilot location and in 2019 began distributing hygiene items through the Wichita School District and Wichita Police Department along with a group of pantries.  This program continues to thrive.    Giving the Basics acquired a new headquarters facility in 2018 allowing for much needed expansion, additional office space and expanded warehouse space.  This will allow the organization to grow our distribution network.  We have expanded our relationships with vendors and other donating organizations allowing Giving the Basics to purchase and accept much larger donations of product, increasing our ability to supply partner organizations.

We increased our staff to include people with the talent and abilities we need.  We included warehouse personnel specific to tracking, managing, fulfilling product.  Our staff now includes volunteer systems coordinator, warehouse manager, logistics, and oversight.  Our board of directors is hands on and meets regularly for good oversight for the systems and for Giving the Basics.   We have SOP and BP in place to insure consistency and efficiency.  We have made relationships with manufacturers, distributors and vendors for our products to insure availability in targeted ordering.  We have over 7,000 volunteer hours each year to accommodate the intake and management of products to get the basics into the hands of 540 registered locations that we serve.

We have increased our pantry number to 135 served monthly. We have increased our school locations to 365 served monthly. We have increased our police departments served to 14 divisions served monthly. We have distributed over 4 million products into the KC Community. We have had the help of over 7,000 local volunteer hours, some returning multiple times. We have gone to a governing board of directors and increased our board size. We are now distributing hygiene products nationally, including the Wichita, KS area. We implemented a new data base for tracking and inventory, allowing us more immediate reporting and significantly freeing up staff time for data input.  To Be Accomplished: We would like to provide 100% of what our registered locations need. We want to be able to add the local schools and pantries on the wait list.

Financials

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Giving the Basics Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Marshall

Moonshot Innovations

Term: 2022 - 2025

Teresa Hamilton

Giving the Basics

Sean Wheeler

College Park Family Care Center

Anna Marie Vogel

Community Volunteer

Brian Leitner

Mariner Wealth Advisors

Kimberly Newton

Hallmark Corporation

Peter Hardy

American Century Investments

Nick Warren

Commerce Bank

Ron Edelman

Edelman & Thompson

Heath Hoobing

Seigfreid Bingham

Kristi Macaluso

KPB Brands

Jeffery Anderson

Spring Venture Group

Stacey Howe

Hallmark Corporation

Bill Marshall

Moonshot Innovations

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data